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#1 Little.One

Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:56 PM

Hi girls,

I've always been open to the idea of having an epidural if I can't cope with the pain. However I've done some research and the dr provided me with an info brochure which says that epidurals can lead to a higher risk of needing an instrumental delivery due to not being able to push as effectively. My fear is vying an episiotomy and forcep delivery.

Can you tell me:
How effective was the epidural for you?
Did u require forceps/vacuum as a result?
Woud you have an epidural again?

Thanks original.gif

ETA: also can u share how long it took you to recover from the birth please? original.gif

Edited by Little.One, 27 December 2012 - 04:02 PM.

#2 Broxie

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:01 PM

I had an epidural and vacuum extraction. I may have needed the vacuum even without the epi. I would DEFINITELY have one again!

#3 Wacky Wobbler

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:02 PM

My epidural worked very well, I couldn't feel a thing. The downside to that was that I could only feel pressure when I had a contraction and the whole time I was pushing I couldn't feel it.

I had to have an episiotomy and they used the vacuum as he was stuck and in distress. Had nothing to do with the epidural.

If I have another baby I will be heading straight for an epidural and bypassing the gas (made me sick) and Pethidine (had a bad reaction to it).

#4 allthiseffortpaidoff

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:04 PM

How effective was the epidural for you?
100% effective.  I even had a little snooze before pushing.

Did u require forceps/vacuum as a result?
I pushed DD out with no tearing or episiotomy, because I could 'wait' for the midwife to tell me when to start pushing again.

Woud you have an epidural again?
I'm hoping to have a calm / hynobirth this time around, but will always leave the door open, just in case original.gif

#5 Rolex

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:05 PM

I had an epidural with my first.  It was very effective, I even managed to sleep off and on for a bit, and I really needed that during a very long labour.  Did not require forceps or vacuum.  Just needed midwife and DH holding my legs and midwife telling me when to push.

As for would I have it again... I'm open to it yes, but I didn't have one for #2 or #3, mainly because I hated having the catheter in for 24 hours afterwards.  I found that really restrictive.  I'm now pregnant with #4 and again, I'll be open to it, but would rather avoid it if possible.

#6 Moo point

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:07 PM

I thought the same as you OP, but I actually had an epidural BECAUSE I needed an episiotomy and forceps delivery. DS was stuck, not in distress, but turns out his head was on a bit of an angle and swollen. If I hadn't had the epidural the cut and forceps would have been far too painful.

I could still feel my legs, feet, everything, and still had to push on a contraction, but given I had already been completely dilated for a couple of hours and DS's head was already visible it didn't stall labour.

I'm not sure I'd have an epidural before complete dilation unless the next labour (if I go back for a second) is horrendous - I managed through with a TENS machine and then bath toward the end. If I was in the same situation, ie already dilated and baby stuck or in distress, I would have the epidural no questions.

As for recovery - I was up and about in the shower 3 hours after DS was born, after a 24 hour labour and 4 hour pushing phase, and went home the next day original.gif

ETA to correct length of labour.

Edited by ange_75, 27 December 2012 - 04:17 PM.

#7 Guest_Sunnycat_*

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:09 PM

How effective was the epidural for you?

It was the bomb. I had been planning a drug free waterbirth but ended up being induced due to medical reasons. I couldn't even have an active labour as I couldn't get comfy. The epidural helped me relax and stop stressing out.

Did u require forceps/vacuum as a result?

Nope. That was one of my concerns about having the epi. In my case labour was progressing so slowly and then after I had the epidural, bam, it was all on and DS was born 2 hours later. I credit that to the epidural and finally being able to relax (it could just be a coincidence though)

Woud you have an epidural again?

With this baby I am planning to have a drug free, active, water birth again because I really want to give it a go. Also, if I book in with the Birth Centre and I need to get transferred to the hospital I can come back to the Birth Centre after labour (which is what happened with DS). If I don't think I'm coping I wouldn't hesitate to transfer out to hospital and have an epidural again.

Good luck OP original.gif

ETA: It didn't take long for the epidural to wear off after I gave birth. I recovered quite well after birth. I was sore though and remember venting on EB about it though! LOL

Edited by Sunnycat, 27 December 2012 - 04:11 PM.

#8 Le-a

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:09 PM


I had an epidural at about hr 21 of my 26 hr labour. I honestly think it saved me from having either a CC or an instrumental delivery original.gif

DS was posterior, still quite high, and I was very tired and couldn't lie down due to the terrible backache. The midwife on at the time seemed to have given up on me and was hinting that I was heading towards cc or instruments.

As soon as the ep was put in. I could relax. It was amazing. The relief was indescribable. I rested for a few hours, DH slept too.

Then there was a shift change and we got a new midwife who was amazing. The ep was turned down and I could feel the contractions again. They were slowing, so I was administered sintocinin (sp?) to speed them up again. Within the hour of the amazing midwife coming on, DS was born. I could move (within the web of tubes and lines attached to me), and was pushing on all fours at one stage. After the birth I got up from bed and had a shower. Amazing, not what I had expected after having an epidural.

Would I have one again? Not sure. I'm open to it, but I also hope that my next labour is shorter and won't have the posterior presentation, so I hopefully won't need it.

Like you now, I guess I ll see what happens!

#9 Ice Queen

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:10 PM

I have had 2 epidurals.

First birth ended with an episiotomy and forceps but bubs had a BIG head and was stuck and going into distress.  I believe this would have happened no matter what.  I am just thankful I had an episiotomy rather than tearing which I suspect would have happened.  Recovery 7 weeks.

Second birth very straight forward at the pushing stage.  He 'popped' out!  Smaller head though.  No forceps or stitches.  2-3 week recovery.  

So in both births I had the same not being able to feel what was going on but second birth was easy so the not feeling anything wasnt the reason I suppose.

Anyway I loved having them and would do the same again.  I had my epi with my second put in before I was even in pain yet, that is how set I was!

Also I refuse to go down the 'what if' road.  My births were all good. I have no idea what the effect of the epi was especially in the 1st birth.  I dont really care either. I have good memories, 2 reasonable births and 2 healthy babies.  biggrin.gif

Only you can decide how you want to do things.  Everyones experiences differ.

#10 Tessied

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:11 PM

I had an epidural and pushed fine.  I pushed my son out in about 20 minutes (after 37 hours of labour though!).  

I was about 5/6cm when I had it as I just couldn't keep going as the contractions were 1 minute apart for 30 seconds and excruciating.  I had it, and after hours of being stuck at 6cm, my body relaxed and I reached 10cm in an hour or two.

I had no vacuum or forceps and didn't find pushing hard at all.  I wish I'd had it earlier!

#11 kwiggle

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:12 PM

I think an epidural is sometimes a choice, sometimes entirely necessary to get you through the day wink.gif  Sometimes your caregivers will recommend one for various reasons.  
Personally, I am very thankful that I had an epidural for labour pain, because I would have needed one in the end for the rotational forceps delivery.  You never know, but I don't think that avoiding the epidural in labour would have changed the outcome for me either.

#12 MiloandOtis

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:16 PM

Baby #1 I had no epidural but tore and also had an episiotomy.
Baby #2 I had an epidural and only tore slightly.

No forceps or vac for either.

Yes, I would definitely have another epidural!

#13 Erma Gerd

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:17 PM

I had two epidurals- one preceded a non-elective CS (and the epidural was probably not related to that), the other came right at the end of labour when I was fully dilated (thanks to rubbish midwife) and ended up delaying delivery by about an hour while we aited for me to get enough sensation back to do some effective pushing. No instrumental delivery, but I didn't feel much.

They were both very effective for analgesia, I would have one again if I needed it, but I would try really really hard to avoid it if I were hoping for a vaginal delivery.

#14 Nobody Cool

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:29 PM


Edited by AryaStar, 04 February 2013 - 05:56 PM.

#15 Mrsbrown101

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:30 PM

I didn't have an epidural and had a failed vacuum attempt followed by forceps. Next time I am going for the epi!!

#16 Le-a

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:36 PM

Also, I had a second degree tear with stitches, was fine after about One or two weeks. Actually I was a bit surprised by how little I was sore... I thought I was going to be in massive amounts of pain. I was very lucky that way, I guess.

#17 R2B2

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:36 PM

it was very effective.
I ended up with an episiotomy and forceps delivery after 3 hours of unsuccessful pushing.
it took me a very long time to recover from the episiotomy.

my second birth I used only gas.
my third birth I had nothing.

I didn't WANT to have another epidural, but I tried to keep an open mind incase I NEEDED one.

#18 Bluestocking

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:41 PM

How effective was the epidural for you?
very, felt not a thing.

Did u require forceps/vacuum as a result?
yes, vacuum delivery

Would you have an epidural again?
No I would not and did not, second child was only gas and air. Delivered without intervention, with only a tiny tear. I preferred this birth as I was completely independent with the baby straight away, felt fine straight away, and got such a high after the birth. I was able to cuddle my baby for hours straight away, with first birth I felt like I was going to drop her, so bonding took a bit longer.

also can u share how long it took you to recover from the birth please? original.gif
I got nasty back pain for a day after the birth, and I also had a large painful episiotomy to recover from. It took me about two weeks.

#19 Alina0210

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:57 PM

I had an epidural with my 1st... very effective, i could still move my legs etc, but couldnt really push effectivly, especially since i had to be on my back (not a good position)... ended up with a vaccum delivery, very close to a forceps delivery, and i had a 2nd degree tear...

I would NEVER have another one.... i went on to have 2 more births at home, drug free, and using only water and having great support and it was WAY better, plus i had bigger babies and no tearing at all, and i could give birth in a position that felt right to me....... so much better...

Edited by Alina0210, 27 December 2012 - 04:58 PM.

#20 RealityBites

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:05 PM

I had an epidural for first birth, after an unnecessary induction, resulting in vacuum delivery. Never again.

Second birth, all natural, fantastic.

#21 kwiggle

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:08 PM

Important also to keep in mind that second births are often much more efficient than 1st births, so a lot of people only need it for the first. It's difficult to work out what the cause is causative, and what is merely an association. I maintain that strong pain relief should be used if and when needed. On the recovery front - terrible for me! About 3 weeks before I could move without pain in my perineum. I had a short second stage, but a 3rd degree tear. Sex is still painful.

#22 lamarque

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:10 PM

QUOTE (Little.One @ 27/12/2012, 04:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How effective was the epidural for you?
Did u require forceps/vacuum as a result?
Woud you have an epidural again?
also can u share how long it took you to recover from the birth please? original.gif

Birth one (induced):

Very effective epidural.  Slept through most of the labour.
Did not require forceps/vacuum - epidural was turned down so I could push
Yes, I would and did have an epidural again.
I recovered quite quickly from the birth.  Felt pretty good as soon as I left hospital.

Birth two (induced):

Epidural request made but doctor was delayed.  Epidural didn't have time to take effect before DD was born.
No, no intervention needed.
Suffered a pelvic injury during this birth and took 6 - 9 mths to recover.  

#23 Neko NoNo

Posted 27 December 2012 - 05:18 PM

You will get such a wide variety of answers here, but thought I'd add mine.

I gave in to have an epidural about 16 hours in. How effective? 0% epidural space was missed! They then applied a local that worked for 30 mins and because of the attempted epi I wasn't allowed to get up for the rest of the labour. I had another 5 or so hours labouring on my back with no pain relief. Ended in forceps delivery, but I would say that was my body, not the result of the epi.

I wanted to add my story to let you know they don't always work, but I think the failure rate is quite low.

Good luck with your labour!

#24 mama123

Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:18 PM

I had an epidural with which I know now to be an unnecessary induction. I laboured for 12.5hrs. Pushed for 3.5hrs. I wouldn't allow them to use the forceps unless it was vital. I had an episiotomy. Will never put myself in that situation again.

Second labour. Spontaneous birth. Laboured for 6hrs. Hynobirthing, no pain relief. Never 'pushed', body did it's own thing. Best experience of my life.

Third labour. Induced (waters broken). Hypnobirthing, no pain relief. Baby was in distress. Had to get him out in one push, vacuum on standby, got him out in two pushes. 45min labour.

Aiming for drug free birth again. I highly recommend hypnobirthing. I never did any classes, just read the book and took what I wanted out of it.

Good luck original.gif

#25 bluecardigans

Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:28 PM

How effective was the epidural for you? It worked for around 6 hours ( zero pain, was able to sleep) and then one side started to wear off. They weren't able to get it back in place.
Did u require forceps/vacuum as a result? No
Woud you have an epidural again? I didn't with DS2.  It was only a 10hr labour, so much shorter than the first.  I recovered much quicker than I did after my first labour.

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